Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas! Read more of my Christmas wish for you on the A Kintsugi Life blog.


Posts from other divisions of Chrysalis Wellness for this week

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Finding Christmas magic again from the A Kintsugi Life blog
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Zesty wake-up cold process soap bar from Autumn Leaf Botanicals featured products
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Tiger eye stone key chain in a black bezel setting and swivel lobster claw from the Earthwear Collection portfolio

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving Day!

No matter how you spend the day (even if the conditions are not your first choice), I hope there are still enough blessings in your day to bring forth a genuine sense of gratitude for all that you do have and all that you are.

Take a moment to let someone else know just how grateful you are for their presence in your life. There’s nothing so precious as gratitude shared!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posts from other divisions of Chrysalis Wellness for this week

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The dark side of gratitude from the A Kintsugi Life blog
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Evergreen hot process soap bar from Autumn Leaf Botanicals featured products
Brecciated jasper stacking stretch bracelet with sterling silver accent
Brecciated jasper stacking stretch bracelet with sterling silver accent from the Earthwear Collection portfolio

Gratitude challenge update

Today is Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S., and my Facebook news feed has been filled with people giving thanks for all kinds of blessings in their lives. It’s marvelous to read all these notes of gratitude and thanksgiving. Can you imagine what the world might be like if every day was filled with this much gratitude?

For those of you who accepted the gratitude challenge for the month of November, how’s it going? Have you noticed any shift in your outlook on life as you have focused on all you have to be grateful for over these last few weeks?

It’s not quite the end of the month, so the challenge is still in place, but I am noticing today how this practice has been affecting me this month. Overall, life is really good right now, and there have been so many days that my heart is just overflowing with so many things to be grateful for that it is hard to choose just one to list in my Facebook status for the day. But even on the hard days (and there are still enough of those), it can still be hard to find just one thing to list because even on those days I find that there is still so much that I am grateful for.

I’m also noticing that the things that are rising to the top of the list for me are different than those that came up last year in many ways. Last year, most of my things I was grateful for were specific items, like daffodils (my favorite flower), a sunny day, or a favorite food. I still list some of those things this year, but I am noticing that there are more days this year that I am finding myself grateful for more abstract things like lifelong learning or creativity. These are things that it can be so easy for me to take for granted because they are just part of how the world is for me, but can you imagine what life would be like without creativity? What if you could never learn another new thing?

Even more amazing to me is that I am finding that some of my hard and painful times are even coming up on my mental list of things I am grateful for. I have not listed any of those on Facebook yet because they are a bit too personal for that venue, but I have been surprised at how often they have come up for me this month. It’s not that I have decided that those experiences were actually fun or enjoyable, but I am realizing how much I learned and grown through these challenges, and I am grateful to the benefits these things have brought me.

What are you experiencing in your own month of gratitude? I’d love to hear about your experience!

A gratitude challenge

This time a year ago, I was in a really tough place. Every part of my life personally and professionally was in the process of completely falling apart, and I was having a very hard time finding much reason to keep going. Everything seemed hopeless, and I was feeling incredibly stuck.

On a whim, I decided to take on a challenge that someone had posted on Facebook to post one thing I was grateful for every day in November (with no repeats) to stretch Thanksgiving out to the whole month. That sounded simple enough, and I figured it might provide at least a little bit of goodness in my days.

It did do that, but it also did so much more. As I started watching each day for something new to be grateful for, I quickly found myself surrounded by things that sparked a rush of gratitude. They were, of course, things that had been there all along, but I had ceased to notice and appreciate them in the depths of my despair. My challenge slowly went from coming up with one new thing to be grateful for each day to choosing which one thing out of the many I had noticed that I would list for that day.

By the end of that month, I had reached a point of being ready to commit to making some major changes in my life. Changes that were hard, scary (terrifying, actually), and painful but absolutely necessary to get me unstuck and moving forward. I still had many dark days to walk through before things began to really get better, but it was that initial ability to start seeing what was still worthy of gratitude in my life that sparked enough hope and positivity to make it possible for me to choose the necessary changes and have the courage to see them through.

Now, a year later, my life is in so many ways completely transformed. Many of the changes, like the building of this business, are still in progress, and their ultimate success or failure remains uncertain. But I can honestly say that life has never been this good. I live my days now—even the hard ones (and those DO still exist)—with a underlying sense of joy and gratitude permeating everything I do.

And it all started by noticing things for which to be grateful. That’s it. Such a simple thing, but the effect of that exercise has been so amazingly profound.

Tomorrow is the first of November again. And this year I plan to again post one (unique) thing for which I am grateful every day of the month on my personal Facebook page. I have no agenda of expecting the kind of amazing effect that it had on my last year. I am just overflowing with too much gratitude to keep silent. It is my way of celebrating how far I’ve come.

Will you join me? Whether you are in the depths of despair as I was last year or living a life that is amazingly good, consider finding one thing to be grateful for every day this month. There’s just too much out there to be thankful for to reserve that joy for only one day of the year.